Introducing our NEW Skin Analysis machine!
We know you have heard and seen some information around the salon about our latest gadget, or maybe a sneak peek into our brand new consultation room! So here it is..
Introducing the NEW Observ520x Skin Analysis Machine!
What is it?
This state-of-the-art skin analysing system is equipped with 8 comprehensive observation modes to view and analyse skin health from the deepest layer right through to the surface by taking a picture, using fluorescent and polarised light illumination technology.
What skin concerns does it show?
You name it, it shows it! The concerns range from texture, pigmentation, vascularity, inflammation, dehydration, volume loss and overall skin health. Each concern is explained in the observation modes below.
What are the observation modes?
Daylight – this mode uses soft natural light to evaluate the overall appearance of the skin. This is the light that we will use to evaluate concerns with you.
Texture – this mode uses light to highlight textural concerns including open pores, fine lines and wrinkles, rough/bumpy texture, very dry/flaky skin and comedones/whiteheads.
Pigmentation – this mode highlights skin discolouration including general uneven skin tone, melasma, sun spots, hyperpigmentation and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation which is caused by external factors (e.g sun exposure) and biological factors (e.g hormonal level changes during puberty, pregnancy, menopause and any contraceptives) such as melasma. My personal favourite!
Vascularity – this mode shows your vascular structure. Inflammation in the dermis becomes visible including acne, mild rosacea, broken capillaries, spider veins, couperosis and angiomas. Increased facial redness can indicate hypersensitivity and irritation caused by an impaired skin barrier or caused by vascular conditions giving temporary redness. This can then cause water loss and allows further penetration of irritants.
Parallel Polarised – this mode enhances glare reflections of surface texture showing pore structure, fine texture (e.g wrinkles in greater detail) and depressed scars whilst hiding deeper textural abnormalities shown in the Texture mode above.
Cross Polarised – this mode suppresses surface shine and shows an unobstructed view of your dermal structure, vascular conditions such as rosacea, inflammation, and pigmentation. Healthy young skin can appear less sharp as light is diffused by your epidermis and ageing skin becomes more transparent and sharper, showing more visible concerns. Yikes!
True UV – this mode shows the skin cells skin illuminated with invisible fluorescent light revealing skin health (as if skin is lit up by a torch from within). This reveals sebum production (which can appear shiny), thin skin, pigmentation, blemish-prone and clogged pores.
Woods – this mode uses blue light which is reflected by skin lipids, showing general skin health and lipid barrier. A pink-ish haze on T-zone and U-zone can show sebaceous glands are active and shows signs of vitiligo/hypopigmentation.
Who can have it?
Anyone can have it! There is no one that is contraindicated to have a skin analysis.
Why is it important?
Many skin concerns arise in the deepest layers and only become more visible over time, so this is a great way to see concerns before they become more visible on the surface. This also helps both us as a skin therapist and you as a client give us both a better understanding of what is going on beneath the surface so you can see your concerns clearly and we can make more informed decisions on recommending the correct treatment plan for you, whether that’s for treatments, products or both!
How long does it take?
The pictures take no longer than 5-10 minutes and the remaining time will be going through the rest of your consultation, which is up to an hour at the most.
What happens when I have my skin analysis?
We will ask you to arrive make-up and skincare free so we can take your pictures straight away and show how we would like you to position yourself in the scanner. We will take 5 pictures in total from different angles and then we will discuss your consultation form and thoroughly evaluate your pictures together. We will then give you a full treatment plan including treatments and products over a period of roughly 6-12 months which will also be sent to you for future reference. This plan can be flexible and subject to change depending on your time, budget and which concerns are a priority to you.
Can I have more than one skin analysis?
Of course! We recommend having a follow up skin analysis to assess the results of your concerns (which will be determined by your therapist) so we can see what the next steps are for you.
How much is it?
The Skin Analysis Consultation is £40 plus 10% off any products/courses purchased on the day.